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Poor housing

Up to 22 share three-bedroom house - Whittaker

Government’s chief counsellor on poverty alleviation is painting a damning picture of the housing situation facing the country’s poor.

Advisor on Poverty Eradication and the United Nations Sustainable Goals Undene Whittaker today described homes so crammed that they risk bursting at the seam.

Whittaker told Barbados TODAY there were cases where as many as 22 people were sharing a three bedroom house because of the tough economic situation.

She did not name any district and but said social issues such as domestic abuse were leading to overcrowding.

Whittaker said Government was hoping to tackle the problem through the Implementation Stabilization Enablement and Empowerment (ISEE) Bridge Programme of 2012, established by the Ministry of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development to battle inter-generational poverty.

Currently in its second phase, 30 families are targeted to address basic needs such as education, health and employment. The third phase of the programme will extend to 250 persons.

The Government advisor spoke at a review of Barbados’ efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal to eliminate poverty by 2030.   

Effective from January 1, 2016 Barbados became one of 169 countries working with the UN to achieve 17 transformative goals aimed at poverty reduction and global development.

“In its attempt to achieve the goal of ending poverty, the countries which signed on to these sustainable goals agree that all people must enjoy a basic standard of living, utilizing social protection systems where necessary,” Whittaker explained.

The action oriented goals include ending hunger by achieving food security, achieving gender equality empowering women and girls, taking urgent action to combat climate change and protection, restoration and promotion of sustainable ecosystems.

3 Responses to Poor housing

  1. Sue Donym July 9, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Concept vs Reality. They didn’t think through the housing policy in context. This reminds me of a book titled “After Every Wedding Comes A Marriage”… you could have all the trappings and trimmings, but the time comes to get real. The housing policy must understand who will be able to consider the units and whether the target market can realistically sustain the cost of being housed – it can’t end at being a house-building policy.

  2. Ejd July 9, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Houses, houses every where but not one occupied. Yes, some houses are bursting at the seams but there are over one thousand government houses empty.

  3. BaJan boy July 10, 2016 at 6:48 am

    According to her the SEE Programme of 2012. Will allow them to start housing. Are we to believe she has done nothing in 4 almost 5 years. That behavior any way is consistent with this government talk nuff do nothing. She like the rest poor soul ain’t got a clue and is always so untidy where they send her to meet people of substance. Just should work in the Pine.
    The houses they have built all around Batbados that are all filled with termites should be burnt sorry not good for the envoiornment How do they expect to sell people these old houses after 8 years of being idle.


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